Single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) is a new form of pollution. Consider reusable face masks to reduce environmental impact. By Mughni Che Din
It is without question that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions all around the world. As many of us are still trying to get a grip of the whole situation by staying at home, social distancing and changing daily habits, like going to school or work, we are all being forced to make changes.
While we are changing old behaviors, there are new routines that we need to adopt. And one of the most important habits to help reduce coronavirus transmission is
by wearing a mask or face shield whenever we are in a public space.
However, the battle against COVID-19 has imposed an environmental issue in the form of pollution as single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) flood our oceans and landfills. Although the correct disposal of single-use face masks is vital, we could significantly reduce the environmental impacts of coronavirus waste by opting for reusable face masks.
There are plenty of reusable face masks in the market. However, it is important to ensure that it meets the requirements to safeguard you from the virus: triple-layered material, washable fabrics, just to name a few.
According to a study, some eight million tonnes of plastics enter our ocean every year and it is set to increase as we continue to battle this ‘invisible’ virus. We should all take this as a wake-up call and do what we can to protect the planet from further environmental damage by making small changes to our daily habits.
Nevertheless, face masks are not a complete shield against the coronavirus. Remember to exercise safe social distancing and practice meaningful hygiene habits.